Sunday, March 16, 2008

New washing machine

Okay, so it's been a while. Sorry. I've been pretty busy at school.

Our new washing machine finally arrived yesterday. Our old one, a Simpson Riviera 429, has been playing up for about 18 months. It has a problem with agitating during the wash cycle. On a good day, it would do one load just fine, but get sullen and refuse to move at the start of the second. Occasionally it could be provoked into agitating if we tricked it by moving the dial into the deep rinse part of the cycle. But on a bad day, nothing worked, not even unplugging the thing and leaving it sit for half an hour, nor giving it a good talking to.

So two weeks ago we ordered a new washing machine, a Fisher & Paykel AquaSmart WL70T60CW1, from the Good Guys. Unfortunately, due to delivery issues, although we believe there are some -CW1s in Mackay, they're not at the Good Guys. So yesterday they gave us a call and offered us a WL70T60DW1 instead. This is almost exactly the same, but with the older LED panel instead of the new LCD one.

We decided it would do just fine. It was delivered yesterday around lunch time. Here it is connected up in our laundry:

It has a “low profile agitator”. It's designed to work like a front-loader: with a little bit of water in the bottom, rolling and flopping the clothes into the water, rather than immersing them deep in a full tub. (It has a “low efficiency mode” which does a deep wash and rinse, though—using more than double the amount of water.)

Now all we need is for the rain to stop long enough for the sheets and towels to dry…


Anonymous said...

Hi is your F/P works alright? Because I found a number of ppl complaining about the F/P Aquasmart product not giving a good wash on a web forum (has lint and detergent residue after washing).
Here is the link:

I'm wanting to buy the same product like your washing machine and looking for some other opinion regarding the machine.


Ian said...

Works fabulously! (Okay, especially compared to the old dodgy one.)

It does seem to be more inclined to leave lint on clothes, especially if the machine is very full. You can avoid this by doing a deep wash (instead of the water-efficient AquaSmart wash) or a gentler wash cycle. The only other thing is that the fast spin option is *very* fast - seriously wrinkly clothes. We use the medium spin speed by default (fast for towels etc when we don't care about wrinkles).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your advices. I've decided to go with this AquaSmart Fisher&Paykel washer. I hope I'll have good experience with it for many years to come :)